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Old 10-28-2005, 05:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 F-250 Famous Steering Wander

Wayne B, I was referring to what I did, nothing more. it does seem though that everyones advice is to look past the steering gear which is what I did and that was wrong. there would not be shops that specifically rebuilt them if they never went out that's all. ~Aaron
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Re: 2000 F-250 Famous Steering Wander

Also adjustable camber sleeves are a good idea if you don't have them and are already in there.
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This problem is not related to just 99-02, my 03 had the same problem. It was not as noticeable at low speeds, but freeway driving was damn tricky. There was so much slop in the steering wheel and the wander was terrible. So at 32K I took it in, Ford said it needed new ball joints and the steering box needed adjusted. Took it, worked better, but problem not fixed. Took it to another Ford dealer, replaced the steering box, problem fixed. This was about a year ago and I now have 65K on it and it is fine. Now if I could only figure out the thumping in the drivers side floor board when I go over seams in the road??!!
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i work for ford and we have had problems with the right lower ball joint seizing
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Re: 2000 F-250 Famous Steering Wander

Mine has had the entire front end replaced and still wanders. Its like the toe isnt correct---goes left then right then left. Pain in the butt to keep straight. Had it to Ford and a private front end shop and both say nothings wrong.
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Re: 2000 F-250 Famous Steering Wander

Darrell,
I have had two different bumps from the floor. 1 was bad sway bar links. the ones from the bar to the chassis. 2 was the inner wheelwell was loose on the push clips. I would be interested in how this turns out because I have never been happy with the wandering.
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I just changed most of the front end, balljoints, tie rods, stabilizer, and she still wanders. Put the woman in the drivers seat, and while she turned the wheel, I watched the sector shaft. Lots of play. Time for a steering box at 110k. Seems like I have been replacing a lot of parts right around 100k. Wheel bearings and brakes were at 90k. Hmmm. Am I too hard on the truck?
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Re: 2000 F-250 Famous Steering Wander

What you describe sounds like tramlining. Control arm bushings can also be a culprit. This is a big issue with Mustang suspension when they get old or modified. Don't know if it happens to Ford trucks also, but they symptoms are the same.
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The steering box doesn't work for me.
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Re: 2000 F-250 Famous Steering Wander

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The steering box doesn't work for me.

[/ QUOTE ]What do you mean? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img] ~Aaron
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Re: 2000 F-250 Famous Steering Wander

I just wanted to throw my $.02 worth out to chew on. It may be that the rear axle could have some looseness, causing some road wander. I used to have a Chevy pickup that had some wore out stabilizer bar bushings on the rear end, and it wandered because of it. Hey, My F250 is a 2WD and has twin I-Beam front suspension, and it doesn't track as good as I would like it to. A twin I-beam does not have ball joints like the 4WD do, so if I have front end suspension / steering looseness, it sure ain't ball joints. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]
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been down this road with a 00 excursion which i bought brand new---was all over the road from the get go. I had all the standard fixes performed, front steer stabilizeer, fmc did the ball joint replace, adj steer box, align. all that did nothing to correct the problem. i them took a lesson from mercedes benz(whose vehicles track beautifully) and decided to increase caster and yes, possibly increse ride harshness. first i replaced front springs with heavier duty ones and caster went from 2degree to about 4 1/2 then i installed 2 degree shims between the front axle and springs and got the caster up to about 7 degrees positeve. VIOLA! steered and stayed straight. Granted, it did ride a bit (and only a bit) harsher.
this all occured about 5 years ago and i've since sold the beast, but it did work then and i belive i'm remembering this correctly.
i presently own a 00 f250 superduty and have contemplated putting the 2 degree shims in the front, but i must say, this girl tracks pretty well.
back in 00' this was a very big issue on the excusrsion board and i got the positive caster idea from a ford mechanic somewhere in michigan or indiana (or similar) who had posted great results with improving caster
sorry bout the long post and hope this helps
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Re: 2000 F-250 Famous Steering Wander

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The steering box doesn't work for me.

[/ QUOTE ]What do you mean? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img] ~Aaron

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Steering box " LINK", skiped a word Doooh, my bad
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Here is Redheads number (206) 364-3333 they must be having troubles with there website because it worked when I put it up there.?.? ~Aaron
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